Winners Of 2021 | World Travel Awards Named

LONDON: World Travel Awards, the leading authority that recognizes and rewards excellence in travel and tourism – has unveiled the 2021 winners of its World categories.

 Winners include the Maldives, which cemented its reputation as the secluded sanctuary to win ‘World’s Leading Destination’ for the second time. Portugal also performed strongly, with Madeira voting ‘World’s Leading Island Destination’ and The Algarve picking up ‘World’s Leading Beach Destination.

 Greek Ministry of Tourism/GNTO was voted ‘World’s Leading Tourist Board’, whilst Armenia was named ‘World’s Leading Heritage Destination.

 Dubai was voted ‘World’s Leading Business Travel Destination’ with Dubai World Trade Centre claiming ‘World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre’. Mina Rashid was acknowledged as ‘World’s Leading Cruise Port’, and The Palm Jumeirah – Nakheel took ‘World’s Leading Tourism Development Project’.

 Russia’s splendour was recognized with Moscow and St Petersburg winning top honors. Moscow was voted ‘World’s Leading City Break Destination’ and ‘World’s Leading Heritage City Destination’, whilst St Petersburg collected ‘World’s Leading City Destination’, ‘World’s Leading Cultural City Destination’, and ‘World’s Leading Marketing Campaign’.

 The ancient citadel of Machu Picchu was hailed ‘World’s Leading Tourist Attraction’, with Peru also collecting ‘World’s Leading Cultural Destination’.

 In the hospitality sector, Armani Hotel Dubai emerged as ‘World’s Leading Hotel’, whilst Sardinia’s Forte Village Resort took ‘World’s Leading Resort’. The remote Amanpulo, Philippines was named ‘World’s Leading Dive Resort’, whilst its Aman Resorts stablemate Amandari, Indonesia picked up ‘World’s Leading Boutique All-Suite Hotel’.

 Dubai’s Burj al Arab was voted ‘World’s Leading Luxury All-Suite Hotel’ and Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach voted ‘World’s Leading Luxury Resort’.

 In the newcomer categories, The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm secured ‘World’s Leading New Hotel’, whilst Raffles The Palm Dubai picked up ‘World’s Leading New Resort’.

 Brand winners include InterContinental Hotels & Resorts (‘World’s Leading Hotel Brand’), Sandals (‘World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company’), Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts (‘World’s Leading Resort Brand’), and The Ascott Limited Hospitality (‘World’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand’).

In the aviation sector, Emirates lifted ‘World’s Leading Airline and ‘World’s Leading Airline – First Class’, whilst ‘World’s Leading Airport’ went to Dubai International Airport. Etihad Airways was voted ‘World’s Leading Airline – Business Class’, with Singapore Airlines named ‘World’s Leading Airline – Economy Class’. Aeroflot – Russian Airlines was voted ‘World’s Leading Airline Brand’, whilst Star Alliance took ‘World’s Leading Airline Alliance’.

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